A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention aims to encourage more children to wear helmets while riding a bike and doing many recreational activities. Bicycle riding is one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries among children, causing about 26,000 emergency room visits each year. Skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding are also linked to brain injuries in children and adolescents. Helmets would dramatically decrease the risk of these injuries, say the researchers. Yet only about 4 in 10 children wear a helmet when riding a bike, and over 30 percent say they never wear one. Parents can encourage their kids to wear a helmet by allowing them to choose a helmet they like and decorate it how they want. They can add reflective stickers and lights to the helmet to make it easier for others to see the children on the road.
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